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Fourth Michigan victim dies in fungal meningitis outbreak

Fungal Meningitis, up close and personal.(Reuters)
Fungal Meningitis, up close and personal.(Reuters)

CASSOPOLIS (WKZO) -- A woman from southwest Michigan has become the fourth victim from this state to die in that fungal meningitis outbreak.

89-year-old Pauline Burema of Cassopolis apparently received two shots for backpain from the contaminated batches at the OSMC Outpatient Surgery Center in Elkhart, Indiana.  Family members say she had been healthy and active and was planning a trip to New Mexico when the disease struck and killed her in just a few days.

Nationally, 14 have died.  170 are now ill from the infection.